With millions of people working from home, information technology is more critical than ever. While some workers in the IT industry have been laid off due to the coronavirus, businesses that have been deemed essential are clamouring for workers with the IT skills to keep their business running smoothly. If you're one of those people, you're in luck.
Start-ups eliminated nearly 4,000 jobs this month as the coronavirus crisis wreaked havoc on the economy.
Vinayak Ranade, founder and CEO of Drafted, a tech recruiting startup based in Boston which publishes the Layoff List at layoffs.tech, has seen a significant increase in traffic.
"It has been kind of crazy for us," Ranade told Protocol, an online site that covers the tech industry, on March 30. "Our traffic has gone up by 2,000 percent over the last two weeks."
In Silicon Valley, there have been thousands of layoffs and corporate hiring freezes in late March and early April, but some tech workers are reporting they're landing job interviews.
But, for those still looking and concerned about an industry rebound, here we show you which jobs are the best match for someone with a background in information technology, and how your transferable skills can help give you the edge over other job applicants.
Transferable skills to emphasize on your resume
While some startups and digital companies have been forced to lay off IT workers, others are clamoring for these employees. For example, those employers that have been very busy during the coronavirus, such as healthcare and shipping/logistics organizations, still need to hire IT talent.
You acquired many skills during your IT career that are in demand. Some of those are hard skills, some are technical skills and others are soft skills such as interpersonal communications. When you emphasize these on a resume, you become more valuable and stand out from other job seekers.
Here are the hard, technical and soft skills you may have obtained during your time in IT that you should consider adding to your resume:
Hard skills: Computer technology, digital communication, strong decision maker, data warehousing and analytics, efficient data management
Technical skills: Computer technology, Agile methodologies, project management software, content management systems, data engineering
Soft skills: Customer service, collaboration, conflict resolution, flexibility
Certifications and training: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), C, C++, C# programming language, Oracle development language, MySQL, API design, SharePoint
These industries are hiring people with your skills:
If you were an IT manager, including project manager, data manager or a network operations manager, you might be qualified for these positions:
- Platform product manager (for example, with MasterCard)
- Director of security (for example, with a staffing firm like Consultis)
- eCommerce project manager (for example, with UpWork)
- Agile coach (for example, with Bloomberg)
If you were an IT engineer, including in security engineering, cloud engineering, infrastructure engineering and data engineering, you might be qualified for these other positions:
- User experience engineer (for example, with Skype)
- Learning experience designer (for example, with Amazon)
- Cloud security architect (for example, with a hospital)
- Data analyst (for example, with Allscripts)
- Cyber security analyst (for a manufacturer like Honeywell)
How to apply for these roles and what you'll need
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- A brief cover letter
How to find these jobs in your community
Do I Need a Resume During the COVID Crisis?
Before you start your job search, be sure to update your resume and include relevant information that addresses specifics in the job description, such as certifications, educational requirements or years of experience with certain programming languages.
In addition, you will likely also need a cover letter. For the roles highlighted on this page, your cover letter should be brief, targeted to the job and employer, and not simply a repetition of your resume. It should include a few short paragraphs on who you are, what you can offer and what attracted you to the role at hand.
Below, we've provided a sample resume for you to review.
Text resume example: Software engineer applying for a user experience engineer role
Name: Eddie Vega
Address: Elmore City, OK 73433
Summary Statement: Software engineer experienced in all levels of testing, such as performance, functional, integration, system, regression and user-acceptance testing seeking role as a user experience engineer for an essential business.
Summary of Skills:
- Strong decision maker
- Experienced in data warehousing and analytics
- Fluent in C, C++, C#
- Oracle and MySQL experience
- Customer focused
- Collaborates with colleagues
- Flexible teammate who is a dependable employee
Oklahoma City, OK
- Researched, designed and implemented scalable applications for information identification, extraction, analysis, retrieval and indexing.
- Spearheaded software design and development while also focusing on client needs.
- Worked with business analysts, development and technical support employees to decide best specifications.
- Worked with customers to determine best maintenance for diverse software systems.
- Responsible for implementing designs such as experimentation and multiple iterations.
- In a team environment, wrote maintainable and extensible code.
- Formulated software requirements and clear operational specifications in a continuous manner.
- Collaborated with design team to make sure software solutions provided quality customer experience.
Education & Certifications
Bachelor of Science, Software Engineering
University of Oklahoma
Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA)
LiveCareer Resume Builder example: Software engineer applying for a user experience engineer role